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in washington where we are awaiting the president to speak at a farewell tribute to defense secretary leon panetta in washington. it's a ceremony marked by a 19-gun salute, an inspection of troops, and all accompanied by the united states pershing zone army band. general martin dempsey spoke first and he will soon be followed by the president. all to honor the man whom on thursday senator barbara mackowski said was the one person as cia director who never jerked her around. this comes a day after john brennan, the man who hopes to be the next cia director, walked into a volatile confirmation hearing room full of protests and pointed questions over torture, ren dation, adition, a targeted killings in the war on proper. >> i think there's a misimpression on the part of some american people who believe we take strikes to punish terrorists for past transgressions. nothing could be further from the truth. we only take such actions as a last resort to save lives when there's no other alternative to taking an action that's going to mitigate that threat. >> mr. brennan took pointed questions from
is a near-certain double dip recession if more than a trillion dollars in automatic spending and defense cuts are allowed to occur at the beginning of next month. and while the president is busy running the government, today nominating a new candidate for the interior department. and yesterday pleading for action to prevent the so-called sequester, republicans have been out front telling anyone who will listen that they, too, are absolutely opposed to any cuts to military and discretionary spending. >> i don't like the sequester. i think it's taking a meat ax to our government. a meat ax to many programs, and it will weaken our national defense. >> however, just to be clear, speaker boehner says that he will not allow any new revenues to prevent the ax from falling. and he's not alone. congressman tom cole of oklahoma says we just had additional revenue for the federal government, so i don't see any way in the world the sequester won't happen. not to be outdone, tom rooney of florida says it seems that a large portion of our conference is resigned to the fact that sequestration is okay.
: well, martin, the white house on defense, particularly during that briefing today. i asked white house press secretary jay carney about the transparency or lack thereof, given the manner in which the public is learning about this drone policy. i can tell you that carnie really kept coming back to two many points. one, that congress has authorized military force against suspected al qaeda operatives, and, two, that the president is mindful of the limits of his authority. but he certainly got a number of questions about this today, martin, and we expect them to get even more in the future. but again, he kept coming back to those two main points. there were a lot of unanswered questions though, and one of the big ones was the drone policy describes this type of threat as someone who is imminent, someone who poses an imminent threat to the united states. carney got a lot of questions about what specifically imminent means, what do you define that? that is one of the big questions that remains unanswered. i would expect something that he will get a number of questions about moving forward.
there is quite a bit of intelligence capability within the defense department, and i know there have been recent press reports about the clandestine service and it's worked with cia. i want to make sure that these efforts are not going to be redundant whatsoever. i have had conversations with mike morell and general flynn to make sure the efforts will truly be integrated and complementary because we cannot have unnecessarily redundant kaepabilities in this government. >> i think that's an area that's going to need a lot of attention and a lot of oversight. i get concerned at times that the i.c.e. and the dod think they're coming from separate originators of funding and ultimately they still have to be within the greater budget constraints. i know my time is running down. your background and most of your expertise has been on the ct side. we see emerging threats from parts of the world that were not on the front line as we see disruptions through the -- particularly through the middle east where perhaps in retrospect we didn't have the right kind of coverage on social media and onto the streets.
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